A stallion’s performance at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale is a solid indicator of his place in the pecking order among commercial fathers, but the auction’s first two books indicate who is sitting at the head of the table.
Books 1 and 2 are where the breed elite further cement their spots on the list, but it is also an indicator of which stallions’ populations are rising in the eyes of the buyer. A stallion that sees a significant jump in the average selling price when the industry’s deepest pockets are in the building has probably done so because their commercial reputation and race track performance has solidified to the point where buyers land on more foals and fight for them.
In these terms, the two stallions that made up the most space in Keeneland September were elite sessions, Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms’ Violence and Darley’s Street Sense.
In both 2020 and 2021, Books 1 and 2 consisted of four combined sessions with a similar number of cataloged horses, meaning that the comparison between editions is about as apple-to-apple as sales in Keeneland-September tend to be. .
Violence experienced the largest year-on-year jump on average, improving by $ 245,000.
The son of Medaglia d’Oro experienced five years of changing hands during the first two books on both sales and moved up from $ 160,000 last year to $ 414,000 in 2021.
This figure was helped a lot Thursday by the sale of the Hip 1057, a half-brother to several Class 1-placed standard deviations from the KatieRich Farms shipment that sold to Repole Stable and St. Louis. Elias for $ 950,000. It was the highest paid ever for a year of violence at public auction.
While it certainly helps an average selling price to reach an all-time high, the foal was far from an outlier in terms of serious prices. Four of the five violent years sold through the first two books hammered for $ 200,000 or more, also including the Hip 919, which brought in $ 550,000.
John G. Sikura of Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms said that the year of the outbreak of violence in 2020 was likely to help shape opinions about the stallion on its way to this year’s sale. Last year he was led by Grade 1 winners Volatile and No Parole.
“Violence has always been a horse that has had great commercial appeal,” Sikura said. “Last year we were very bullish. He had two Grade 1 winners who looked like the fastest horses in the country. They were both injured and on the shelf, so Dr. won. Schivel Grade 1 (Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar August 31st) and it got exciting again. Now we are waiting for the new crop of 2-year-olds. It’s great to see the resilient market that has confidence in the horse. He has had several amazing results in the sales ring and it is very rewarding. I hope he continues to climb the ladder and gain more buyer confidence and great success on the racetrack. ”
The expensive stallion of violence late on Thursday’s session set him up for the final steps over Street Sense, whose average price grew by $ 198,000 over the first two books.
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The Kentucky Derby winner in 2007 jumped from an average of $ 117,938 from 16 sold last year to $ 316,071 from 14 sold during the first two books of 2021.
Street Sense’s Keeneland September haul was led by Hip 1022, a half-brother of Grade 1-ranked Bajan from the family of champion Forever Unbridled, who sold to BSW / Crow Colts Group for $ 1 million. The foal was offered as Farfellow Farm’s property and was the first seven-digit vintage for Street Sense since 2013.
Under the top horse, he had four horses selling for $ 300,000 or more through the first two books.
Darley’s Darren Fox said Street Sense really started to take its toll on the stud after returning from his one-year stay in Darley Japan in 2013. The shape of the stallion’s CV changed dramatically in the following years, and Street Sense developed into a father , if demand has risen just as dramatically. This week’s performance just reinforced this performance.
“His first five Grade 1 winners were fillies, and when his foal started going on the field after his Japan break, McKinzie turned on a large amount of stallion for him,” Fox said. “We have Maxfield, who at one time will be a stallion for us, and a stallion a little under the radar in Speaker’s Corner. When such a horse puts some sons in the stallion stable and has some others high-profile on the track, it certainly moves him and his offspring up to the next level. ”
Looking at some of the newer faces that grabbed hold this year, Three Chimneys Farms Gun Runner, currently leading the freshman, saw the sixth-largest annual gain on average, rising $ 108,622 to end at $ 397,222. Repole and St. Elias led the way for his seniors with Hip 574, secured $ 975,000.
Gun Runner’s closest rival, Ashford Stud resident Practical Joke, saw a win of $ 59,980 to finish at $ 274,091. Talia Racing bought the most expensive of the first week sales and cost $ 750,000 for the Hip 1079.
Darley’s Nyquist, the leading first-year father in 2020, also continued to climb, rising $ 19,417 to $ 275,667, led by Hip 825, which sold to Dr. Ed Allred and Liebau for $ 700,000.
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